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Hockey Coaching Volunteer Project

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Hockey in Argentina
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Trip Code: ARVHK1
Duration: 2 Weeks - 12 Weeks
From £695 for 2 Weeks + £150 per Week
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Bring your knowledge of hockey to a South American setting by coaching hockey to vulnerable children in Argentina.

Did you know that you can fundraise for your trip project price? For more information check out the Extra Info tab. 

Hockey in Argentina
Hockey in Argentina has increased its popularity over the last 10 years as a result of the improvement and international achievements of the ladies’ national team, spearheaded by star player Luciana Aymar. This helped hockey to receive an exposure that, before this boom, only football could hope to achieve. Many clubs and organisations dedicated to teaching field hockey were founded and what was once a sport that only a few could afford to play became popular in big cities and also in disadvantaged neighbourhoods.

As hockey in Argentina is quite new, there is still much work to do with regards to establishing it in the country and any help will be welcome! If you love hockey and you’re thinking about doing a volunteer project in South America, why not come to Argentina.

Your Hockey Volunteer Project
For this project we’re looking for volunteers who love and enjoy hockey. They must be sociable friendly people who like to make new friends. Also, they need to keep in mind hockey’s main aims: share, help, teach and have fun.

This project will be taking place in lower-class neighbourhoods in the city of Buenos Aires and its suburbs. The kids who attend the project live in these poor areas and, in many cases, many problems in their own home. They play hockey so that they can escape from the hardships they live through everyday. The volunteers should try to make friends with the kids through their main passion: hockey. They need to be enthusiastic and have good energy to share with the kids who participate in the project.

One of the most important things a volunteer could achieve is to try and put himself in the coach’s role, try to help organise activities during the training time and put them into practice with the materials available in the project. The volunteer needs to try to work together with local coaches and give them ideas of what to do during training. Another thing to have in mind is that the volunteer needs to try to make friends with the kids, to gain confidence as a hockey coach.

Last but not least, a hockey volunteer should be able to monitor training and matches, as well as teaching and correcting hockey techniques to improve the players’ abilities and teamwork. The volunteer will try to define their own style as a coach. Hockey volunteers will have the support of the other volunteers working in different sports and also United Through Sport staff in Argentina, helping them in whatever they may need.

Training for Hockey Volunteers 
All the volunteers will be able to train with a semi-professional hockey team of their level. This will help them to see hockey from another point of view, to see different ways of training, make new Argentine friends, keep on growing as a players and as coaches.

CRB/DBS (Criminal Records Bureau) Check
To take part in this project we advise participants to complete a CRB/ DBS (Criminal Records Bureau). United Through Sport can provide this service for you at an additional cost of £30. For more information on the application process please take a look at the relevant Add On Tab. 

Quick Facts

Trip Name
Hockey Coaching Volunteer Project
Trip Code
South America
Ezeiza Airport (airport code EZE)
Minimum Duration
2 Weeks
Maximum Duration
12 Weeks
Minimum Age
Trip Type
From £695 for 2 Weeks + £150 per Week
£ 200.00
Preferred Duration
You are welcome to come from 2 to 12 weeks but we would prefer that you come for at least 8 weeks as this allows you to become properly immersed in the project.
It is not essential that you have coaching qualifications or experience, just an understanding of the game, playing experience, and reasonable fitness levels. Basic conversational Spanish is also important.
Ideal for
Students, travellers, those on gap years or career breaks. Those looking to gain confidence as a sports coach or teacher, those looking to practice Spanish in Argentina or South America.
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Arrival Dates

You can arrive any weekend of the year, with our preference being a Sunday arrival at the airport ready to start projects on the Monday. We will pick you up from the airport.

Please note the following times of year may disrupt trips but we will make every effort to provide adequate activities whilst you are with us:

- Last 2 weeks of Feb - no morning sessions - other activities will be supplied
- Mid July to 1st week in Aug - school winter holidays - no morning sessions
- Mid Dec to 1st week of Jan of preceding year - Not available due to Christmas holiday - start date will be 2nd weekend in Jan.

British Nationals will not require a visa to enter Argentina for up to 90 days. You can check your visa requirements by visiting the Argentine Embassy website by clicking here.

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Shared accommodation in central Buenos Aires, simple but comfortable. Shared rooms, toilets, showers, kitchen and lounge. Homestay may also be available, ask us for details.
Only breakfast is provided. We suggest you budget £8-£10 a day for lunches and dinner.
Pick up from airport
Included on arrival date, just let us know if you are arriving early.
Help and advice before you go, local team in Argentina, twenty-four hour emergency contact.
Full orientation and induction when you arrive.
70% of what you pay goes towards buying decent equipment for the projects that United Through Sport run.
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Not Included

Air travel; insurance; visas; lunch and dinner (Budget £8-£10 per day; spending money; vaccinations; transport to and from your placement; in-country travel; laundry; extra activities which are not on the itinerary.
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Equipment Donation
To truly develop a sustainable long-term sports project, and for our work to have a positive impact on the community, it is essential that resources are made available. Some of your fee, therefore, goes to paying for decent sporting equipment for our beneficiary organisations in Argentina. This sports equipment will often be what you use during your trip and is then always left with the community after you leave. In some cases, financial contributions are made instead of equipment where it is deemed more appropriate for the individual organisation.

Spanish Lessons
To really benefit from our projects in Argentina, a basic understanding of Spanish is important. If you are not a confident Spanish speaker, you can take lessons at our language school in Buenos Aires on arrival, and during your time here. The school offers individual tuition with Argentinians as well as group lessons. Moreover, the school also incorporates a number of social and cultural activities such as traditional dancing, urban experiences, food tasting. This will really help you develop your understanding of Argentina, both culturally and linguistically. Spanish learners at any level are welcome at the school and will benefit.

The language school runs lessons for four hours in the morning. These therefore fit nicely around your afternoon volunteer placements. There is an added cost of having lessons, but taking lessons in a Spanish-speaking country is so important in building Spanish skills.

Social Life in Argentina
People from Buenos Aires, commonly known as the “porteños” du

e to it being a portside city, have a reputation for being very talkative and welcoming! Socialising makes up a huge part of daily life for the average porteño. The city is littered with cafeterias full of people socialising and talking the days away. This characteristic means you will easily find likeminded people who love sport and travelling like you do. By joining a local team you will easily meet people who can show you around, and make sure that in no time you are speaking Spanish like a true Argentinian. Furthermore, our team organises many social activities to bring volunteers together.

Travel and Adventure in Argentina
Argentina is notorious for its array of breath-taking landscapes and climates, as the country stretches about 3600 km from North to South, and from the centre of the South American continent out to the sea. While there are ample activities in Buenos Aires itself, you will also have time to travel outside the city and experience more of Argentina itself. Many of our volunteers like to visit a farm on the outskirts of the city to get to see what life is like for the local villagers as well as to view the landscape.

That is if you run out of things to do in Buenos Aires itself, a cultural and cosmopolitan city developing rapidly. On your days off you could follow a day of museums and historical architecture with a traditional Argentine steak for dinner and finish off your day with tango sessions!

Fundraise for your trip
We encourage all of our volunteers to fundraise in order to make up the trip project price, making it much easier for you to manage financially and most importantly to help spread the word about the amazing work you are doing! We will be here every step of the way to give you tips and advice on fundraising ideas and provide you with any marketing material you need, and you'll be surprised how quickly you can raise the money with the help of your family and friends. By setting up a fundraising page through 'Total Giving' the charity can also claim an additional 25% on donations made if the Gift Aid box is ticked. This means 25% more funds to help support our worthwhile projects overseas! 

Please note this additional 25% Gift Aid will be treated as a donation to United Through Sport and will not count towards your project price. 

CRB/DBS (Criminal Records Bureau) Check
To take part in this project we advise that participants complete a CRB/ DBS check. United Through Sport has a partnership with a third party organisation that processes all CRB/DBS checks and disclosures on behalf of the United Through Sport team. This is a very straightforward process making the application as quick an easy for the volunteer as possible. United Through Sport can provide this service for you at an additional cost of £30. For more information on the application process please take a look at the relevant Add On tab.


Argentina: the land of opportunity. Spanning 3600km from North to South, and spanning almost half of the South American continent, Argentina is an extremely diverse and fascinating country to visit. In fact, it is the most popular tourist destination on the South American continent, with almost six million people travelling to the country last year. With its beautiful landscapes, diverse culture and peoples, and fascinating history, Argentina is a must-see on any South American holiday.

However, despite this, Argentina remains a country fraught with the difficulties of the past. From the moment the Spanish explorers set foot on the Incan soil, the country has been afflicted by war, disease, and economic and political instability. The modern Argentine people are a nation coming to terms with entrenched inequalities between the indigenous population and those of Spanish ancestry; the legacy of a military history and the resultant “disappeared” citizens; more recently, the financial crash that devastated the economy in 2001; as well as a future rife with uncertainty.

Quick Facts
South America
Bordering Countries
Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay
Capital City
Buenos Aires
Federal presidential constitutional republic
42.1 million
Main Exports
Soy, cereals, motor vehicles, fossil fuels, fruit and vegetables
Varies dramatically
Time Zone
GMT -3

Before the Great Depression in 1929, Argentina was one of the richest countries in the world. The abundance of arable land meant that a land-owning class quickly established themselves, and, on the back of this, the Argentine economy grew fast. It was also seen as a new land with plentiful opportunities for personal enrichment. Immigrants flocked to the country, and, by 1914, half of the population of Buenos Aires was foreign born. 

Argentina remains one of the wealthiest among its neighbours. However, as is often the case with developing countries, this is still in no way reflected in the distribution of wealth. Because the original growth of the Argentine economy was based on an elite of rich landowners, this meant it was driven by a dependence on an abundance of cheap labour, meaning most of the population remained poor, illiterate, and uneducated. This lack of a tradition of universal education meant that, for example, when the financial crash hit in 2001, more than half the population fell below the poverty line.

United Through Sports’ work
So where does our work come into play in Argentina?  Sport is an area of Argentine society that has the potential to bridge these inequalities, and bring people from all walks of life together. Through the medium of sport, we hope to give new opportunities for self-advancement to thousands of children from the more disadvantaged areas of Buenos Aires. 

Our work in Argentina started in 2011 when we started sending volunteers out to help set up our ‘Mass Participation Programme’ there.  We bring Argentine and international volunteers into local sports clubs and NGOs that work with children to help coach and play rugby, football, baseball, or hockey together. This programme allows the children we work with to be exposed to people whose lives would normally have never have crossed theirs, whether Argentinian volunteers or our international volunteers. All our volunteers and the children we work with have one thing in common: the sport that they love. By playing together on the field, the unity that ensues helps show that all manmade barriers, whether linguistic, or due to cultural, national, or class divides, can be overcome, and thus helps show that these constructions do not need to be a barrier for personal development either.

Through the medium of sport we also help deliver health and education workshops, which our volunteers get directly involved with through homework clubs with our children. By coming out to Argentina to get involved with our programs there, you will be making a huge contribution to our important work and the lives of all the children we work with.

We understand that you may be curious as to where the fees for you placement actually go. As with any overseas travel, there always costs involved, although the added benefits they provide are what make the experience as fulfilling and memorable as we hope it can be!

Project Assessment
What is not visible to a quick look on our website is the amount of work that has happened prior to us advertising the placements. United through Sport is a growing charity that can only function through the help of our volunteers as well as the support of our beneficiaries. Volunteer placements are of course a temporary measure and while they are needed for us to run, it is vital for our charity that all the costs of having a volunteer out with us are covered. This includes all vetting local staff, conducting rigorous safety assessments, investing in accommodation and staff to help organise your trip, as well as making sure that some money can be reinvested into our charity’s work so that our work can continue into the future after your trip is over!
Advice and Support Prior to Departure
Once you have booked your trip you will be assigned to one of our travel advisors to help you plan and prepare everything you need for your trip including any information about visa’s, vaccinations or kit to take with you.  They will be on hand right up to your day of departure to answer any last minute questions you might have.

Help to Organise Flights and Insurance
Although we do not offer flights and insurance directly (to allow you maximum flexibility in choosing these options) we do have partnerships with industry leading organisations who can provide both services for you and ensure you are paying the most affordable rates and are offered tailor made packages to suit your travelling requirements.

Arrival and Orientation
As well as being picked up from the airport, we also make sure you are settled in by providing orientation and induction upon arrival. This makes sure you know where you are, feel safe, and teach you some handy tips about how to conduct yourself in Argentina.
Food and Accommodation
Accommodation is included in all of our sports placements. Our volunteer houses, family home-stays and shared residences are comfortable and very sociable places to live while overseas. You will also be provided with breakfast every day.
Staff in the country
We have dedicated teams of staff in every country to make sure you are well looked after at every stage of your placement. They live nearby and can be reached at any time of the day and will always check in with you throughout your placement to make sure everything is going as planned.

After you have booked you placement with us you will need to organise your flights and insurance. 

Flights and travel insurance are not included in your trip but are essential to your travel, which means you will have to arrange them before you leave. But don't panic! To make life easier for you, we offer a free, personal booking service through our chosen flights partner – StudentUniverse. They will guide you every step of the way.

Please do not go into a store/branch as we have a specific team based in London who can deal with your requirements and are also familiar with how we operate to make sure you get the best service possible and end up where you are meant to!

Please click here to use the flight search engine or call the StudentUniverse team.
Talk To Us
We have a team of friendly Travel Advisors working round the clock to answer any questions you may have. So if you need any advice, or are wondering what volunteering for United Through Sport is like, just drop us a line, email us, or ask for a call back and we would be more than happy to have a chat!

Book Your Place
When you are ready to book your place, simply get in touch with us and we will guide you through the simple application process. We do ask that to secure your place, you provide us with a small deposit so that we can plan our projects effectively. The rest of the fee can be paid in manageable installments.

Welcome Pack
Once you have booked and paid your deposit, we will be in touch to confirm your place and provide you with the login details for our online Travel Centre, which is full of all the information you need before heading out to volunteer with us.

Flights and Insurance
After you have booked your flights and arranged travel insurance, make sure you let us know these details so we know when you are arriving! These are not added into the project fee so that you can avoid any unnecessary administrative costs, and to give you more flexibility, but our partners will be able to help you find the best options.

Visas and Vaccinations
You will also have to make sure you have all the vaccinations and visas for your project. We can provide you with lots of information to help you obtain your visa, and your GP or travel clinic will be able to tell you exactly which vaccinations you need.

Once you get here, look forward to a warm welcome from our team at the airport to take you to your accommodation. They will make sure you are fully settled in and understand your new surroundings. 

"Making a difference to these kids weeks is one of the most incredibly rewarding ways to travel. And having the chance to play some top quality hockey also was brilliant."

Lauren Bliss

"Coaching in Argentina made me feel very warm. I enjoyed every wonderful moment and would skip back over there in a heartbeat."

James Anderson

1. How much money should I bring with me to spend?
It depends on how many excursions or personal trips you would like to do, and how keen you are to use the shared cooking facilities, but we would suggest you bring between £90 and £120 pounds a week.

2. How can I best manage my money?
We recommend that you bring some cash with you, but carry most of your money in a “cash card” or “cash passport”. For example, the Post Office has a card that doesn’t charge you for withdrawing cash. We would recommend  that you do some research on current offers before you head out.

3. Will I be able to get in touch with other volunteers before heading out?
Our Argentine projects don’t have specific start and end dates, but we will endeavour to put you in touch with other volunteers who will be out at similar times to you. 

4. How can I support the charity prior to my trip?
Once you have booked, one of our friendly travel advisors will be able to provide you with comprehensive information before you head out. This information will also be available on our online travel centre for volunteers preparing for their travels.

5. How much time will I spend coaching?
About four hours each day, spread over two locations. You will then have a couple of hours training with the senior hockey team in the evenings.

6. Who will I be coaching?
Children between the ages of 4 to 16 from the more disadvantaged areas of Buenos Aires.

7. How much free time will I have?
Since coaching will usually take place in the evenings, you will have lots of free time to explore the local area, practise Spanish.

8. What qualifications or experience do I need?
We don’t require you to have any specific coaching qualifications, simply a passion for your sport, and an enthusiasm to work with children. All we need is that you have trained fairly regularly, have a good understanding of the sport, and feel that you are fit enough to do training and coaching daily.

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  • "Taking my love of tennis to Argentina was a dream come true. I will never forget this once in a life time opportunity to play and coach tennis to a range of abilities in such a great country. Thanks to all who were part of this!"
    Emily Prescott , Tennis, Argentina
  • Teaching in Argentina was better than I ever expected it to be. It was very emotional saying goodbye and I will miss the buzz of excitement we used to get before arriving at the schools and the incredible welcome the kids would always give us."
    Sam Edwards , Teaching, South Africa
  • "I loved it, just loved it! Hope to get involved with United Through Sport again in the future!!"
    Max Vigor , Teaching, South Africa
  • Great tour! Met some lovely people in South Africa, me and the guys loved the warmth that we were met with and the teams we played against were fantastic, it was good to Braai with those guys after the games. Superb"
    Matthew Brannigan , Sports Tours, South Africa
  • We were all impressed with the standard of football that we were up against in South Africa and it definitely brought out the best in us. As for the opposition, a great bunch of lads."
    Jonny Cox , Sports Tours, South Africa
  • "What an amazing time I had in Argentina, I miss it already. Alejandro, our coordinator, showed us all a fantastic time. Thanks United Through Sport!!!"
    Tom Leahy , Football, Argentina
  • "Thank you to everyone at United Through Sport. I have had my eyes open to the poverty in Argentina. It is so important that volunteers continue to sign up, they will not regret it"
    Declan Cockpu , Football, Argentina
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    Alex Burrows , Football, Ghana
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    Tom Lyonette , Football, Ghana
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    Anna Robinson , Netball, Ghana
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    Liz Wells , Netball, Ghana
  • "Such an amazing time spent with all my Ghanaian friends. Thanks so much for making the netball experience such a fantastic and unforgettable time."
    Natalie Schaffer , Netball, Ghana
  • "This was a unique experience. Working in all areas of Ghanaian athletics has given me a great understanding of how athletics is developing in West Africa."
    Josh Curtis , Athletics, Ghana
  • "I play a lot of golf in the USA, so to have the chance to play in Ghana and also coach kids was a fantastic experience."
    Peter Lamenzo , Golf, Ghana
  • "It was great to work alongside the Ghana Golf Association to help run tournaments as well as coaching for the young caddys."
    Peter Dunmore , Golf, Ghana
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    Rob Scott , Swimming, Ghana
  • "We take being able to swim for granted so being able to teach young Ghanaians this valuable gift was a huge privilege."
    Laura Brown , Swimming, Ghana
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    Sally Bolton , Tennis, Ghana
  • "We did a 24 hour tennis-athon to help raise money for the tennis centre. It was exhausting but such a great experience. Ghana is just a fantastic place."
    Joe Page , Tennis, Ghana
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    Michael Saxby , Boxing, Ghana
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